According to a recent study, pets damage 8 million electronic devices a year, which adds up to about $3 billion in replacement/repair costs!
How do you know if your device is at risk of a dog-related disaster or a cat-tastrophe?
According to Square Trade (a protection plan company) who conducted the survey after receiving so many pet-related claims, there are risk factors other than just mischievousness to consider when determining if your pet might be damaging to your electronic devices:
Are you at higher risk than other pet owners?
- Male pets: Male pets are 50% more likely than female pets to damage your devices.
- Peeved pets: 17% of pet owners believe that their pet damaged the device because it was angry with them.
- Overweight pets: 72% more likely to have a pet-related accident
- Overprotective pets: 2x more likely to have a pet-related accident
The survey also found that if you let your pets sleep in the bed with you or ride in your lap while driving, you are 2-3x more likely to have a pet-related accident.
The top pet-related accidents:
- Chewing: Two-thirds of the accidents are caused by the pet putting the item in their mouth
- Causing owner to drop: 21% of accidents happened while the owner was using the device.
- Vomiting / peeing: About 1 in 6 cat or dog owners say that one of their pets has thrown up on or gone to the bathroom on one of their electronics
- Two-thirds of the accidents happened while a pet was unsupervised
To improve pet owners device protection, SquareTrade offers the following tips for an accident free household:
- Give your pets the attention, training and exercise they need so they have less interest in your gadgets
- Leave your devices high up and out of reach of curious dogs and cats
- Never charge devices at floor level or with exposed power cords
- Don’t leave your device next to liquids of any sort
- Always use a protective case
Of course we know BaxterBoo.com customers love their pets no matter what, but there are probably a few "tails" to share on this subject! Don't be shy...
Your dog did WHAT with your device? (Or cat... though Ms. Boo claims they are PURRfect...)